Former Manchester United and Leeds United player Johnny Giles says that Arsene Wenger’s inability to organise a defence will prevent them from winning anything this season. Lately, just about everybody seems to be taking a shot at Arsenal and you can see why; we had a threadbare defence to start with, and then the obligatory injuries ate through our squad to the point where our second choice left back has become our starting centre back.
The miraculous part is the fact that we are still somehow in fourth place. After the loss to Chelsea and the draw against Hull, the team found some measure of form with back to back victories in the league and that was enough to propel us back to our favoured position.
The gap between Arsenal and league leaders Chelsea, however, is nine points after just 10 games, despite their draw against Manchester United. They will need to drop several more points, starting with the game against Liverpool today, before we can think about overtaking them. And the embarrassing collapse against Anderlecht midweek has once again highlighted our defensive woes. Sanchez is in the form of his life, but even if he scores a brace every game, our defence cannot be trusted to preserve that lead.
Former United man Giles was left less than impressed and hinted that Wenger’s inability to organise a defence will thwart his side’s chances of winning trophies this season.
It has been the pattern for Arsenal. If you’re an Arsenal supporter, you’ll be very frustrated.
But you look at Arsene Wenger. He has been a great manager for them over the years but since he inherited the good defence with Adams and co, he hasn’t had a good defence since!
Wenger can’t organise a defence. He is another high line man. There is no way you should lose a 3-0 goal lead at home. You have to be able to tie the game up. They’re giving far too many goals away to win things.
The annoying part is that the Gunners have conceded 11 goals this season, just one more than Premier League leaders Chelsea. But the timing with which we concede our goals is the problem, three times already this season we have dropped points from winning positions. And our defence is so shaky that letting one in usually means that more will follow.
It might already be too late, but the January transfer window offers an opportunity for Wenger to bring in reinforcements and he has to seize it with both hands if we are to have any chance of doing well in the second half of the season.